Mary Bea Kolbe, MPH, RD, LDN
Mary Bea Kolbe
Healthy Eating and Active Living Coordinator
Mary Bea Kolbe is the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coordinator for the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health (CCCPH) Branch in the NC Division of Public Health. In this role, Mary Bea provides project management and oversight to various healthy eating and active living strategies, with a focus on physical activity and the built environment. She serves as the Project Manager for Active Routes to School, a project designed to increase the number of elementary and middle school students that safely walk and bike to school. She also serves as the Coordinator for Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina, a statewide movement that promotes increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. In addition, Mary Bea oversees implementation of the NC Healthy Out of School Time Recognition Program.
Prior to becoming the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coordinator, Mary Bea served as the Diabetes Coordinator in the Healthy Environments Action Team for the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch. In this role, Mary Bea was responsible for planning, organizing, implementing and administering the Diabetes Education Recognition (DiabetesSmart) Programs. Before beginning her work with the CCCPH Branch, Mary Bea served as the Healthy Communities Unit Manager with the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch. She supervised four grant-supported staff and managed and guided the design, organization and implementation of community development programs at the state and local levels regarding changes in policies and environments that support healthy eating and active living.
Prior to joining the Division of Public Health, Mary Bea worked with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at NC State University as the training coordinator for the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Education Program, Out For Lunch, and In-Home Breastfeeding programs. Mary Bea also has local experience, working in Vance County as a WIC nutritionist, in Wayne County as the Nutrition Program Supervisor and as a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent in Franklin County working for the Cooperative Extension Service. Mary Bea completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh and her Master of Public Health with a nutrition concentration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Each summer she volunteers to be the Camp Dietitian for Camp Needles in the Pines, a week-long summer camp for children with diabetes. She resides in Raleigh, her birthplace, with her husband, Kent.